Marcos grandson passes Bar
MANILA, Philippines— A grandson of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos, who topped the Bar examinations in 1939, is among the 1, 174 who passed the 2013 bar examinations.
Ferdinand Richard Michael Manotoc, the second child of Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, graduated from the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Law.
The late strongman Marcos, who is also a graduate of the UP law school, topped the Bar examinations during his time with a 98. 80 passing percentage.
The late President’s rating was the highest score ever attained in the Bar exams but questions from various sectors prompted the Supreme Court to re-calibrate his score to 92.35 percent.
Thus, former Supreme Court Associate Justice Florenz Regalado of San Beda Law kept the record of the highest Bar exam passing rate of 96.7 percent which he achieved in 1954.
Governor Marcos, meanwhile, expressed joy over her son’s achievement.
“Proud of my 4th generation UP Law son, Atty. Michael Manotoc, for passing the Bar exam. Even if I didn’t want him to be a lawyer, I am so happy he is one now,” Gov. Marcos told reporters Tuesday.
UP’s Nielson G. Pangan topped the Bar with the score of 85.8, the first law graduate from UP to top the exam after eight years.
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